Petition to: Declare a national climate emergency now!

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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to Declare a national climate emergency now!. More details

Petition update from the council, 25 July 2019

Westminster City Council is committed to ensuring that our activities ensure climate resilience and has outlined the importance of delivering a healthier and greener city in its City for All plan and has set out the steps for maintaining, protecting and improving the environment through the 10-year Greener City Action Plan (2015-2025), including a commitment to explore delivery of affordable, secure and sustainable energy. The council has already delivered energy improvements through a range of activities and is developing a strategic approach to using and managing energy more sustainably through the council’s emerging Energy Strategy.

A range of energy saving activities have been delivered by the council to date, including:

• a reduction in the council’s half-hourly energy consumption and associated carbon emissions (excluding schools) by more than 40% from 2014/15 – 2017/18
• managing and delivering one of the UK’s longest running district heat networks; the Pimlico District Heating Unit (PDHU), supplying low carbon heat to over 3,500 local households, three schools and over 50 commercial customers
• investing in improvements across the council’s housing portfolio, including £1.3 million in 124 solar power generating systems
• planning to upgrade streetlighting to energy efficient LED lighting and introduce a central management system to reduce energy use
• installing 214 vehicle charging points to increase the uptake of electric vehicles in Westminster
• reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions from the council’s leisure centres through a programme of capital investment, reducing electricity use by 6% and gas use by 13%, to date
• encouraging sustainable, low carbon travel through our Walking and Cycling Strategies and the Active Westminster Strategy
• reducing air pollution and carbon emissions by promoting the ‘Don’t be Idle’ campaigns, securing 14,000 pledges from individuals and companies
• improving the environmental performance of corporate buildings, refurbishing City Hall at 64 Victoria Street to ‘Excellent’ standard under the BREEAM sustainable building assessment methodology and installing low energy lighting upgrades in the Archive Centre and four libraries
• Improving conditions in Private Rented Sector houses through the work of Environmental Health Officers and the Housing Standards Taskforce.

Zero carbon pathway modelling by the GLA reveals that, even under optimistic scenarios, a net zero emissions target by 2050 will be extremely challenging. Achieving net zero emissions by 2030 will require a significant step change in Westminster’s policies, investment and emissions reduction activity across the City, combined with wider government action. Westminster City Council are committed to declaring a target that is achievable rather than declaring an emergency without consideration of the measures and interventions that will be needed to meet the target. For this reason, officers are currently reviewing appropriate local emissions reduction targets via the forthcoming Energy Strategy. This process will provide an opportunity for further analysis of the viability of emissions reductions targets prior to public commitment. An update to the council’s position will be provided in the autumn alongside the draft Energy Strategy.

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Please sign and share this petition to encourage Westminster City Council to Declare a Climate Emergency and develop an action plan on how and when they will respond to this emergency.

The situation has become so precarious : The (IPCC) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report has described how the rise in temperature of over 2°C could become hugely costly and detrimental to the planet.

However, it still possible for all governments to act now in order to limit the global warming to 1.5°C. The alarming signs of climate change are there and can no longer be ignored by the people responsible for our well-being. We can not rely any longer on individual, single actions, we need the support of our local authorities to take action.

Many councils in the UK and around the World have now declared "A Climate Emergency" with the borough of Hackney being the latest in March 2019.

So, what is holding off Westminster City Council to do the same ?

- Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action.

- Make the Council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030

Please sign !

Thanks for all the Support !

Current signatories

Anais Traoré, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Greg Brown